100–year–old timber bridge moves into 21st Century

Media Release

DC170/2017

09 June 2017

Joint release with:

Andrew Gee

Federal Member for Calare

Scott Ferguson

Mayor Blayney Shire Council

  • Works underway on the new Felltimber Road Bridge near Blayney
  • The new bridge will have no load limit and remove 25 kilometre detour
  • The Australian Government and Blayney Shire Council have each committed $165,000 to fund the project

Work has started to replace the 100-year-old one-lane wooden Felltimber Road Bridge over Coombing Creek with a new concrete bridge.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the new bridge would be welcomed by the community as it will remove the current 25 kilometre detour due to the load limits currently on the bridge.

“The new Felltimber Road Bridge is funded under Round 2 of the Australian Government's Bridges Renewal Programme, which upgrades local bridges across the country, ensuring communities and businesses can access essential services and easily move freight,” Mr Chester said.

“It is pleasing to see how our Bridges Renewal Programme is able to bring about such great transport infrastructure improvements for our communities.”

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee said it was time to bring the 100-year-old one-lane wooden bridge into the 21st century.

“At the completion of the new concrete bridge, emergency vehicles and other heavy vehicles will be able to use the bridge as the five-tonne load limit will be lifted,” Mr Gee said.

“This will assist the region's businesses through better day-to-day connections and will also be a reassurance to local communities in the event of natural disasters, such as bushfires.”

Blayney Shire Mayor Scott Ferguson said the $330,000 project will provide a boost to the local economy.

“Understanding of the region's unique infrastructure requirements and capacity for strategic planning has effectively made this bridge 'futureproof',” Cr Ferguson said.

The project will be jointly funded by the Australian Government and Blayney Shire Council, with each contributing $165,000.

For further information on the Bridges Renewal Programme, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/Bridgesrenewal/Index.aspx.